UN blames Israel for death of refugees at UN sites during Gaza offensive

UN inquiry condemns Israel for targeting UN schools in last year offensive in Gaza

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to a UN inquiry Israel targeted seven UN schools during the country’s offensive in Gaza last year.


The attacks claimed the lives of more than 44 Palestinians and wounded at least 227. During the air raids many civilians used the UN schools as shelters.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Monday deplored the Israeli attacks on UN sites in Gaza.  


“It is a matter of the utmost gravity that those who looked to them for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied,” Ban said.  


The Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014 killed more than 2,200 Palestinians according to UN reports. Seventy-two Israeli were also killed of whom sixty six were soldiers. At least 223 schools in Gaza, either under the supervision of the UN refugee agency or the Palestinian government, were destroyed in the offensive.


Ban considered the destruction in Gaza during his visit in October as being “beyond description.” He said Monday that he had formed a group of senior managers to examine the recommendations of the inquiry.


The Israeli attacks on Gaza last summer were answered by Palestinian Resistance movements, mainly the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, is the Palestinian party governing Gaza Strip while The PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organisation) has authority over the Palestinians in the West Bank.

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